Vellore: Three members of a family, including a seven-year-old boy, were killed after being hit by a train while they were crossing a railway track at Ambur near here Sunday, police said.

The mishap occurred when the trio, who were in a hurry to board a train at Ambur railway station, tried to cross the track without noticing an approaching express train.

The victims were identified as 50-year old Banumathi Durai of Ambur, her seven-year-old grandson T Niteesh and her younger brother K Sankar (45), a government railway police official told PTI.

Banumathi’s another brother had been admitted to a hospital in Chennai and she had planned to visit him, the official said.

Their bodies were removed to a government hospital for an autopsy.